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making news in america this morning breaking overnight an alligator attack at a popular walt disney world resort. a toddler pulled underwater as his parents watch. the father trying to wrestle his son away from the gator. new details from authorities just in. the orlando nightclub shooting investigation is now turning to the shooter's wife. what did she know about the plot, plus, more survival stories from inside the club. hear a woman's terrifying moment when she was locked eyes with the shooter. war of words. hillary clinton and president obama in a joint attack going after donald trump and angry and impassioned moment from the president blasting the presumptive nominee. overnight trump responding. and a record breaking swim. a young boy braves the rough waters around alcatraz.
and we do say good wednesday morning. it's been a rough week for people in orlando. for the third time in less than a week the area hit by tragedy. >> this time the scene is in the grand floridian resort and spa where a 2-year-old was dragged into a lagoon by an alligator. they were on vacation visiting from their home in nebraska when they decided to attend movie night on the shore of that resort. tragedy overnight at disney world. a 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator and dragged underwater at the upscale grand floridian resort and spa. >> the family was out relaxing. the father was there nearby and the child was playing in the water, just a foot or so into the water and the alligator came up and attacked.
>> he saw this happen? >> yes. >> reporter: a team of 50 officers are searching into the morning hours for the toddler who was on vacation with his family from nebraska. >> we're not leaving until we recover the child. >> reporter: authorities say the boy's parents jumped into the lake and tried to wrestle him away from the gator. >> the father entered the water and tried to grab the child, was not successful in doing so, at some point i'm told that the mother also may have entered the water so the parents diligently tried to get the child. >> reporter: witnesses say they saw an alligator in the water before the attack and describe it as being between four and seven feet long. authorities say there have been no other recent reports of similar alligator attacks at the lake. there are also no signs warning people of gators in the area but signs posting against swimming in that lake. now to the investigation in the orlando massacre at the nightclub there. the fbi is now asking questions
of the gunman's family on both coasts. >> yeah, that's because in video obtained exclusively by dailymail.com we see agents leaving the california home of the gunman's in-laws. it is believed the shooter's mother-in-law and one of her daughters lives at this home and the attacker's wife is coming under scrutiny. >> lana zak is in orlando where survivors have been telling their stories, as well. lana, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, diane and kendis. yes, from these survivors many still in the hospital we are learning grim new details including how the shooter may have been laughing as he killed. >> i guess he must have thought i died with my eyes open and i just kind of kept staring at him. >> reporter: 20-year-old tiara parker stared at the gunman while her cousin lay dying. the two girls were on their way out when the first shots were irfooed. >> people are getting hit by bullets like blood is everywhere. >> reporter: they tried to hide in the bathroom as police s.w.a.t. teams swarmed in. >> the shooter came into the
stall. they killed him. i watched him die. >> reporter: the s.w.a.t. team pulled them out but kyra didn't make it. >> my cousin had the brightest future in front of her. >> reporter: so many survivors of the orlando massacre watched friends die that night. investigators are now focusing on the shooter's wife, noor salman trying to determine if she had information that could have prevented the tragedy. law enforcement sources say that salman allegedly went with her husband to buy ammunition prior to the attack. abc news has also learned that salman allegedly suggested to the fbi she tried to talk her husband out of harming anyone. if true, she could face criminal charges. investigators are also pouring over the shooter's phone looking for connections to the gay community. a decade ago the shooter met this man who didn't want his face shown. >> he asked if i was gay and because i wasn't out at the time, i told him no, i'm not and he said if you were gay you
would definitely be my type of guy. >> reporter: we're also learning that the shooter's wife may have actually accompanied him here to the nightclub previously. investigators are trying to determine if that was as a patron or to scope the site. kendis, diane >> that's lana zak live in orlando for us. lana, thank you. now to politics and donald trump is firing back after getting slammed with a one-two punch from president obama as well as hillary clinton. they hammered trump as he responded to the orlando shooting by once again calling for a ban on muslims entering this country. this morning a joint attack aimed at donald trump. >> are we going to start treating all muslim-americans differently. >> trump's words will be, in fact, they already are a recruiting tool for isis. >> reporter: hillary clinton and president obama saying trump is out to destroy american values. >> that's not the america we want. it doesn't reflect our democratic ideals.
it won't make us more safe. it will make us less safe. >> reporter: in his most forceful comments yet of the campaign season the president blasting trump's call for a ban on muslim immigration. >> this is a country found often basic freedoms including freedom of religion. we don't have religious tests here. >> reporter: trump has said the president and clinton must call the orlando shooting radical islamic terrorism or else resign. >> there's no magic to the phrase radical islam. it's a political talking point. it's not a strategy. >> in the end it didn't matter what we called bin laden, it mattered that we got bin laden. >> last night at a campaign rally in north carolina, trump firing back. >> we want to live in a country where gay and lesbian americans and all americans are safe from radical islam. >> and once again both president obama and clinton called for action on gun control.
>> enough talking about being tough on terrorism. actually be tough on terrorism and stop making it easy as possible for terrorists to buy assault weapons. >> and this latest exchange escalating as one new poll shows hillary clinton with a 12-point lead over donald trump in a general election matchup leading him 49% to 37% and we should note some of this polling was conducted after the labrorlando attack. hillary clinton and bernie sanders met face-to-face as clinton wrapped up primary season, rather, with a victory in washington, d.c. the 90-minute private meeting blocks from the white house was expected to focus on unifying the party and stopping donald trump, but sanders still has not endorsed clinton. he says he's looking to advance his progressive agenda and transform the democratic party. >> well, now to severe weather that's on the move. flash floods swamped parts of southern minnesota yesterday. some places got up to 6 inches of rain in just a few hours and
at least 8 tornadoes touched down as part of that storm system. and taking a look at the radar you can see that severe weather on the move. chicago, detroit, the threat zone for today. still ahead, facebook is tracking even more of your daily activities. plus, a killer's confession. a terrorist takes to social media livestreaming after an attack. see the dramatic moment a hero disors a gunman on a rampage all caught on camera.
attack in france. in it the attacker confesses to killing a police officer and his female companion then lists other prominent people he planned to target. it was recorded in the dead couple's home. the suspect who was killed by police had served time in prison for recruiting for isis. a major deal could soon be announced between iran and boeing. tehran says it has finalized an agreement to buy more than 100 new planes with a price tag of about $25 billion. if the deal goes through it would be the largest commercial agreement with a u.s. company since the sanctions were lifted. and facebook's new ads will track which stores you visit. those new ads can include an interactive map showing the store location and facebook will then use your phone's location services to see if you visit the store after you saw that ad. google also tracks in-store visits. first lady michelle obama sat down with oprah winfrey for a first of its kind summit called the unites state of women.
they discussed how women could empower themselves particularly in the workplace and in managing work/life balance and expectations. >> i am always irritated by the you can have it all statement and you're beating yourself up and feeling less than because you aren't having it all. it's a ridiculous aspiration. >> even with all the help she gets she says you can't have it all and mrs. obama said she thought her husband was crazy for wanting to be president but she's glad she was able to use her platform to change some lives and she also spoke to the men in the audience saying just be better. >> just be better. okay. thanks. >> not that they all weren't necessarily but try to be better husbands, better father, more engaged? hard to improve on perfection. >> that's true. there you go. >> when we come back, an intense standoff at a walmart. why investigators say a longtime employee went in armed with a gun. and record breaking swim. the young boy braving the rough
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>> get your skis out. for a look at morning road conditions, some severe weather is a threat for chicago, detroit, indianapolis and cincinnati. you'll see showers in the pacific northwest as well. >> if you're flying airport delays are possible in chicago, detroit, atlanta as well as charlotte. we are following breaking news this morning from orlando yet again where a little boy was snatched by an alligator at disney world right in front of his horrified parents. >> dive teams and helicopter crews have searching the seven seas lagoon since late last night when the 2-year-old was dragged underwater by the alligator. both parents rushed into the water trying to pull the boy out of the gator's grips but they are not able to do that the father was actually injured during that effort. searchers say they won't leave until they find that little boy. a texas s.w.a.t. team shot and killed an armed man who was
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>> ♪ >> good morning, i'm tamala edwards it is wednesday, june 15th and we've got two developing stories on "action news." police in florida are frantically looking for a two-year-old little boy who was pulled into the water in front of his family by an alligator. the parents fought to try to free their child but they just couldn't. it happened at a walt disney world resort. we'll give you very latest. also developing firefighters busy and neighbors concerned in montgomery county overnight. and the new details about the orlando nightclub shooter and his wife who is now under investigation. those stories, accuweather and traffic next up on "action news." >> ♪ ast, as well. and finally this morning, the astonish ing stories of those inside orlando's pulse nightclub. they are heartbreaking and at
the same time riveting to listen to. abc's gio benitez with the story. >> reporter: survivors describing the terrifying moments when they came face-to-face with that killer. this is normal casiano moments after being shot. >> everyone was ducking and closing their eyes. i myself was praying and just saying this can't be. my last moment. >> reporter: norman was 1 of over 20 people huddling in bathroom stalls hiding. >> the shooter came in. we started screaming and yelling at him like, please, don't do this. he then be grad the gun and shot over the top. >> reporter: the shooter laughing. >> it's just very intense how someone could be doing what he's doing and laugh. >> reporter: angel colon shot unable to move forced to play dead as the gunman continued his rampage. >> he's shooting everyone that's already dead on the floor. i was able to peek over and i can just see him shooting at everyone. ♪ >> reporter: 20-year-old patience carter a college
student and aspiring singer shot and clinging to life in that bathroom. struggling. >> the guilt of being alive is heavy. >> reporter: patience listen as mateen calls 911 pledging allegiance to isis and watching him struggle. his gun jamming. >> he was like, damn like it jammed so with my face under the stall looking, i could see him put down his machine gun. >> reporter: and then the s.w.a.t. team breaks in, the water pipes break. >> they shot him dead. there was water starting to rise. i was getting scared because i was thinking like if i don't get -- like they don't get to me soon i might drown sitting here in this water. >> i was begging for god to take the soul out of my body because i didn't want to feel any more pain. >> reporter: her raw emotion overwhelming. >> understandable. as well there. gio, thank you for that. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america," and have a good wednesday, everybody and a great week.
>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning. it's wednesday june 15th. matt o'donnell is off this morning. nydia han is joining us. >> we are following a develop story from a disney world resort. an alligator drags a two-year-old boy into a lagoon good. >> gunfire erupts on the streets of wilmington leaving five people including juveniles injured. we're live with the investigation. >> why the former rebel resort will not reopen today as expand first up we'll start with meteorologist, david murphy and with karen rogers.